My first time in Aberystwyth got off to a bit of a rocky start. I had emailed ahead to let the Richmond know what time my train would be arriving (thanks to the dismantling of Welsh rail service decades ago, to get from the north coast to the west requires a zigzag all the way over the Shrewsbury and back) and was told my room might not be ready. Sure enough, I was asked to wait in the bar, tired and lugging a suitcase, for fifteen minutes before I could check in. For once on my trip so far I wasn't on the top floor, which was a nice change. I had a room at the back, so no sea view, but that's all forewarned in their pricing scheme, so it wasn't a surprise. The room was a bit tiny, though with oddly high ceilings and for no reason that I can explain, the light switch to the bathroom was located at the top corner of the door frame.
The stay improved after that for me. the Richmond is one of countless (dozens at least) connected hotels that line the promenade in this town that's been a summer vacation spot for Brits for eons. It's a fifteen minute walk from the train station (which has a Weatherspoons in it) and bus station, and ten to the town centre. The view is spectacular out front, though the hotel was undergoing some renovations and there was scaffolding up I liked the genuine Welsh experience of the stay, down to the bilingual menus in the breakfast hall. The breakfast buffet was varied and I was able to order quite good oatmeal as well.
Anyway, though it was a bit of an impresonal welcome, that improved as well. I'd said at the desk that I was looking to go on a dolphin watching boat tour, and a few hours later the desk clerk remembered me and mentioned that a dolphin had been spotted out on the water.
So my stay was up-and-down, partly due to my still battling a bug and general exhaustion, and I really couldn't tell whether the stay would have been noticeably different in any of the many other seemingly identical hotels along the prom. The Richmond was good value, though I gathered the price was creeping up as I was in Aber just at the beginning of the summer season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Richmond Hotel Aberystwyth, a Grade II listed former Merchant's House, enjoys an enviable prime sea front location on the main promenade overlooking Cardigan Bay and is a short stroll to the town centre and University. We offer a friendly, relaxed yet attentive level of service. Well appointed rooms are thoughtfully equipped to meet the needs of our business and leisure guests. Splendid sea views can be appreciated from many of the rooms and public areas. We pride ourselves in sourcing local Welsh products for you to enjoy when dining with us. Our private on site car park is a real bonus in this part of town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Richmond Hotel Aberystwyth, Wales